Home Store In Memoriam Deborah Newsletter Forum Topics Blogfeed Blogroll Facebook MySpace Contact Us About

Doghouse Parole

Reported by Ellen - October 28, 2004 -

A few nights ago, I promised to put Alan Colmes in the doghouse for giving Ann Coulter nearly an hour of airtime in which to let her liberal-bashing venom run wild while devoting no time to the missing explosives in Iraq. That hour followed several segments on "voter fraud" by a variety of FOX reporters, each of whom raised suspicions of Democratic dirty tricks without mentioning any Republican misdeeds and whose reports went largely unchallenged by Colmes. Tonight Colmes earned himself parole by confronting Bret Baier on the holes in his report on the missing explosives - holes that could have allowed the Bush Administration to wriggle away from responsibility.

Baier started off the discussion with a timeline designed to make us believe that it was highly unlikely the explosives could have been removed after the invasion. When Colmes asked if it was possible the explosives had been removed after the invasion, Baier answered that given the volume and given the activity of the US forces around the area, "Most people say it was impossible," he said, without naming a single source.

Colmes rightly pointed out that since the US knew these explosives were there, didn't it still bear some responsibility for not making sure they were secure before invading?

Baier didn't really have an answer for that except to try to pin the blame on the IAEA for inconsistencies in their records (as if that proved they had lost the explosives! I guess there was no way to blame Clinton for this one) and by saying that Saddam Hussein had ordered some kind of mass dispersal of weapons all over the place, and that it would have been impossible to secure all the weapons with the number of troops we had.

Colmes had a good argument for every one of Baier's assertions, including that if mass dispersal of explosives did happen, why didn't we have enough troops to deal with it. Lastly, he said that if the IAEA had been able to do their inspections and had not been denied access and kicked out of the country, they would have had better opportunity to keep track of "this stuff."

"Well, that's true," Baier admitted.